FORT MYERS, Fla. — Spring training workouts kicked up a notch on Friday. The Boston Red Sox participated in live batting practice for the first time since the full squad reported to camp on Thursday.
Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli dug in against Felix Doubront, who had an up-and-down 2013 season. Neither Pedroia nor Napoli appeared to be going full speed against their teammate, but Pedroia said after Friday’s workout that it’s always interesting digging into the batter’s box for the first time at spring training.
Pedroia and Napoli each took some cuts against Doubront. Manager John Farrell said after Friday’s workout that the emphasis was on the pitching side of things, though, as the club wants to get a sense of where its hurlers are with Opening Day a little more than a month away.
Doubront is coming off a year in which he went 11-6 with a 4.32 ERA in 29 appearances (27 starts). The 26-year-old struggled down the stretch but returned to pitch meaningful relief innings in the Red Sox’s World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Check out the batting practice session in the video above, while also noting that catcher David Ross was totally fine after getting hit with a foul ball off Pedroia’s bat.